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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Google Egypt exec released, tweets his opposition of ruling party

By Cecilia Kang

Google confirmed through a tweet on Monday that Egypt-based employee Wael Ghonim has been released by government authorities, after his disappearance on Jan. 27 as protests consumed the nation.

The company had refrained from comment about the disappearance of its head of marketing for Middle East and Africa. But it announced the news of his release about 1 p.m. EST Monday midday on Twitter:

@google Huge relief--Wael Ghonim has been released. Our love to him and his family.

Ghonim was apparently a key figure in organizing protests against the government through social media. The Wall Street Journal writes about his role in media and organizing. Ghonim wrote his first tweets on Monday since being released.

@ghonim Freedom is a bless that deserves fighting for it. #Jan25

Minutes later, Ghonim weighed in on the political wrangling over a new Egyptian government. Ghonim has supported a new government in Egypt. He said Hossam Badrawi, the new secretary general of the ruling party was behind his release but should step down.

@ghonim Gave my 2 cents to Dr. Hosam Badrawy. who was reason why I am out today. Asked him resign cause that's the only way I'll respect him #Jan25 7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

By Cecilia Kang  | February 7, 2011; 1:30 PM ET
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Once again, it is asserted by the actions of USA and Israel that democracy in certain parts of the world is not in the best interests of the USA and Israel." While it will be readily admitted that the current regimes in the Middle East suppress freedom, these regimes are believed to also suppress a far worse alternative: the radicals and fundamentalists who might win democratic elections. The message is clear from USA and Israel. It is better to deal with a Middle Eastern dictatorship that is the friend of USA and Israel than a democratic regime that is their enemy. One thing is for sure this development in Egypt will prove many points and illusions to the Arab world that, USA will support democracy in Middle East only for material gains. As long as they have the Arab Kings and dictators who play puppets to USA and serve their cause with regards to Israel they will close the eyes on the atrocities committed by them. Time for the whole Arab to wake up and realize the intentions of USA and Israel. Call for liberation from the monarchism and dictatorships and strive in the way of popular governments through democracy

Posted by: shaikyasirarafath | February 8, 2011 2:31 AM | Report abuse

I think the protests in Egypt are about alot more than just the problems in Egypt and their Govt. In every country and culture all over the world we are seeing how Governments are totally disconnected from the people. In the USA we see a total collapse of the worlds largest economy and not one single entity is responsible for it! Not one politician that takes office goes out responsible for anything or is not economically stronger. In Eqypt its just slightly more pronounced with a 30 year dictatorship. Most of the world is looking for justice from our elected officials and have been totally let down, crony democrocies. The Media buys into the Governments in every one of these government overthrows and has let down the People by being complicit in its support of the "status quo". That leaves only one alternative and that is what we are seeing in Tunisia and Egypt. How was the Media in Tunisia treated when the "people" finally "threw the bums out"? The Tunisians asked the Media, "get out you are with the Govt"! CNN and the rest of the MSM should watch what the true movement is about.

Posted by: dukeameye3 | February 8, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Anybody in the whole World not supporting Egyptians in their quest for Freedom and Democracy should renounce their own freedom and democracy if they live under democracy.

Posted by: tqmek1 | February 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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